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CP affecting sleep

Tash026 Member Posts: 10 Connected
edited August 2016 in Cerebral palsy
I have moderate spastic diplegia (a form of cerebral palsy). As well as having tight muscles in my lower body, I also tense up quite easily and find it difficult to physically relax.

I get lots of very vivid dreams at night sometimes they include a lot of negative emotions saddness, anger, fear. Along with this I clench my jaw at night.

I wake up very tired because I have not had enough deep sleep and pain around my jaw, with associated headaches and nausea. The tightness in my jaw muscles also cause me to feel unbalanced.

What could help my conditions? For an example would supplements and or biofeedback work with someone with a damaged nervous system? If I dreamt less would I brux less?

I would like to find ways to help which are not medication, as I just think they cause a load of other side effects. I am on 10mg of citalapram, as I was getting anxious about all the above. Could this be having a negative effect on my sleep?

If anyone could please help I would be grateful.


  • AmandaDawson
    AmandaDawson Member Posts: 2
    Therapeutic (subthreshold) electrical stimulation, also called neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NES), pulses electricity into the motor nerves to stimulate contraction in selective muscle groups. Many studies have demonstrated that NES appears to increase range of motion and muscular strength.
    Threshold electrical stimulation, which involves the application of electrical stimulation at an intensity too low to stimulate muscle contraction, is a controversial therapy. Studies have not been able to demonstrate its effectiveness or any significant improvement with its use.
    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Some children have cerebral palsy as the result of brain damage from oxygen deprivation. Proponents of hyperbaric oxygen therapy propose that the brain tissue surrounding the damaged area can be